He no look goodBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6979.605 (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:605
- George Dunea
During the day hospitals are bustling places where armies of doctors, computer terminals, and people with suspect job descriptions constantly interact in many different languages and jargons. But at night the communication superhighway comes to an abrupt end; the armies melt away; and the cadets take over while their generals and aides de camp sleep.
Nor do they always appreciate having their sleep interrupted. A colleague of mine remembers how during her first week as an intern she had to take care at night of a patient with florid lupus erythematosus. Unable to find her resident, she phoned her attending physician— a distinguished professor—at his home. She was screamed at and told never again to call after midnight. …